Nvidia has announced that they will be launching a new service for the Nvidia Shield called GeForce Now that has parity with the PC/Mac version of the same service. The dream of playing high-end PC games with a small streaming box could finally be realized.
The Nvidia Shield is a $199.99 4K capable streaming box that packs in a controller for playing native games, as well as streaming games.
Users can either leverage compatible games they already own on Steam and U-Play, or purchase them to gain streaming access. A list of all compatible games is listed on Nvidia’s website. Currently, the page only lists PC/Mac as the platforms that support it, but as the Shield’s version of GeForce Now is supposed to support the same games, it will likely be updated soon. Nvidia had already launched a version of GeForce Now on the Shield, but it was more limited than the PC/Mac release. This updated version of the service will replace the old one in the coming weeks.
Because the games are streamed from Nvidia to the Shield, the games can run at 1080p, 60 fps, without regard to the power of the actual Shield hardware. The same goes for the storage of all of the games. Nvidia offers unlimited storage for installing the games to the cloud. Cloud saves are supported for compatible games as well. These cloud saves can be carried across from Shield, PC, and Mac as long as the user logs in with the same Nvidia account.
The GeForce Now service on Shield currently cost $8/month and all of the games must be purchased separately. It’s not clear if there is a cost associated with the new launch of the service. The GeForce Now FAQ says that “GeForce Now for Mac and PC is free during the beta.”